“I was always tired
—thinking about how to balance my job, child rearing, our spiritual routine, household chores, and rest.” —YOKO, JAPAN.
“The greatest challenge,” says Miranda, a mother of two boys, “is to be a working mother who is responsible for providing everything
Decide what is truly important to you and your children, and make these things your priorities.
Stick to your priorities, and learn to manage your time and finances accordingly. To illustrate: Your children’s health is important, so use your hard-earned money to buy nutritious food. That’s better than spending your resources on medical bills. Before you shop, prepare a shopping list. This will protect you from wasteful impulse buying. “I like to cook,” says Roberto, who lives in the United States with his four children. He adds: “I learned to focus on needs
Use your hard-earned money to buy nutritious food. That’s better than spending your resources on medical bills
Dispose of things you never use
Train your children to tidy up every night. Don’t let your home get out of control. Such domestic discipline teaches your children to take responsibility for their room and even for the home. Of course, your good example will add weight to your words.
Although you may be very busy, you must spend time with your children
Have at least one meal together each day, and make mealtime a pleasant occasion. Says Colette, a mother of three: “We decided that the evening meal, when everyone was at home, would be a time of emotional and spiritual exchange. That meal has been and still is a special occasion in our family life.”